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Anti-vaxxers seize virus moment to spread fake news

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The vaccine will inject you with an electronic chip, poison you, make you sick, they say.

There's no vaccine yet for treating the novel coronavirus, and scientists are multiplying efforts to find one.

But already anti-vaxxers -- a small but vocal group of people who don't believe in vaccinations -- have taken advantage of the pandemic to multiply disinformation on social media.

The video "Plandemic," which claims the COVID-19 crisis was a government setup, has already been viewed millions of times on YouTube and other streaming platforms.

A list of substances with scary-sounding names -- phenoxyethanol, potassium chloride -- said to be found in toxic quantities in vaccines (which is not true) has been shared thousands of times on Facebook since the end of April.

The anti-vax rhetoric is not new, but has gained huge visibility during the pandemic, according........

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